New Urbanism Defined

plaza_03New Urbanism provides a range of housing choices, from apartments over storefronts to single-family homes with yards. New Urbanism includes traditional neighborhood developments (TND’s) in keeping with the contexts of the surrounding environment. Diverse, walkable neighborhoods are what distinguish New Urbanism from other development styles.

New Urbanism guides development at all scale, from the building to the region. It includes infill projects in existing urban areas, redeveloped neighborhoods including public housing developments, and regional guidelines for development.

New Urbanists have been taking part in urban redevelopment and are part of the movement to make cities, towns and villages livable. Projects include neighborhood plans, loft redevelopment, transit villages, and a revival of aging main streets. Real estate investors are turning from developing urban sprawl, as they realize that there is a tremendous market demand for real neighborhoods, for lively cities, and for regions of protected open space.

exterior_plaza_01New Urbanist neighborhoods are walkable, and contain a diverse range of housing and jobs. New Urbanists support regional planning for open space, appropriate architecture and planning, and the balanced development of jobs and housing. They believe these strategies are the best way to reduce how long people spend in traffic, to increase the supply of affordable housing, and to rein in urban sprawl. Many other issues, such as historic restoration, safe streets, and green building are also concerns for New Urbanists.

New Urbanists believe in the environmental benefits of channeling growth and development into close-knit cities and towns where people can use transit, bike or walk to reach destinations. Green building advocates believe in the value of buildings that conserve resources. Combining the issues of New Urbanism and environmentally conscious planning and design will enhance the sustainability of livable communities. The New Green Urbanism is a integral part of the Comet Studios design philosophy for all our projects.

For more information

Visit the New Urbanist Community in Aldea, Santa Fe New Mexico

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